Taylor in July 2019
|Full name||Brian Taylor|
|Nickname(s)||"BT", "Bristle", "Barge", “Roaming Brian”|
|Date of birth||10 April 1962|
|Place of birth||Mandurah, Western Australia|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (201 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Brian Taylor (born 10 April 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer and current Australian Football League (AFL) commentator on television for the Seven Network. He played with Richmond and Collingwood from 1980 to 1990.
Taylor was only 16 when recruited from Mandurah, Western Australia, to the Richmond Football Club.
The moustached Taylor, known as "BT" and "Bristle", began his VFL career with Richmond in 1980. He was a full-forward at the same club as the legendary Michael Roach. This limited his playing opportunities, and so he asked to be transferred to Collingwood after the 1984 season, cm and his weight was 102 kg.having played 43 games and kicking 156 goals. His height was 191
In 1985, Taylor joined Collingwood. He kicked 100 goals in 1986 to win the Coleman Medal. Due to repeated knee injuries, he retired from playing in the AFL at the end of the 1990 season at 28 years of age.He had played 97 games for Collingwood, kicking 371 goals.
Early in Taylor's career, he has admitted he had a problem with controlling his aggression, which he was involved in some remembered physical, comical moments. But stated later in his career, he improved at controlling his aggression.
In 1991 Taylor became playing coach of Prahran in the VFA. In 1992, after he had kicked 16 and 9 goals in the opening two rounds, his knee gave way and he retired from playing after finishing that season with 64 goals. Continuing as coach, he again took the Two Blues to the finals. He retired as coach shortly before the 1994 season due to media commitments.
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)|
Towards the end of his playing career, Taylor was approached to write a weekly column in the Sunday Herald newspaper. He kept a diary throughout the 1990 season, publishing it as Black and White: The Taylor Diaries.
On radio, Taylor started out with 3UZ in 1991 before becoming was the lead commentator for the Triple M commentary team from 1997 when the station became the first FM radio station to broadcast Australian rules football matches.
In 2010, he joined 3AW's football commentary team as chief football caller, replacing Rex Hunt who had moved to Triple M to call football on Saturday afternoons.Taylor called the Friday night and either the Saturday or Sunday afternoon game for 3AW, alternating with Tony Leonard subject to commitments with the Seven Network. Taylor's five-year contract with 3AW ended at the conclusion of the 2014 football season and was not renewed. 3AW's General Manager, Shane Healy, stated that Taylor "would focus on his TV career and that 3AW would move forward in 2015 without his involvement". It was later confirmed Taylor would re-join Triple M to call Sunday matches. In 2016 he also appeared on The Saturday Rub alongside James Brayshaw Danny Frawley and Damian Barrett.
On television, Taylor was an AFL commentator for the Nine Network until the station lost the broadcasting rights in 2006 to the Seven Network. He remained with the station as a panellist on The Sunday Footy Show until 2010 while also being the host of AFL Teams on Foxtel and calling the Sunday afternoon or twilight match on Fox Sports.
From the start of the 2012 season, Taylor started calling Saturday night matches for the Seven Network and was contracted until the end of the 2016 season.In 2012 he also hosted Seven's pre and post match coverage of the grand final with his fellow Saturday night commentators, with Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti calling the match.
In 2017, Taylor replaced the retiring Cometti as a commentator of Friday night and Sunday afternoon games for Seven, and Saturday afternoon games for Triple M.
Also in 2017, Taylor started a segment during the Channel Seven coverage called "Roaming Brian". During this live segment he roves around in the winning teams' change rooms collecting ad-lib interviews with players. Often catching them off-guard, Taylor manages to get some candid, off-the-cuff comments from players, coaches, relatives, and other AFL identities, which provide some entertaining moments for viewers. Players are usually willing to be interviewed, though in 2018 he was rebuffed by Richmond's Toby Nankervis.
On 12 July 2014, during the Seven Network's Saturday Night Football preview, Taylor called Geelong player Harry Taylor a "big poofter". The incident was widely condemned and Taylor apologised at half time.He was stood down from his role of broadcasting a match the following afternoon on radio station 3AW.
Leigh Raymond Matthews is a former Australian rules footballer and coach. He played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and coached Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions.
Gordon Richard James Coventry is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Rex James Hunt is an Australian television and radio personality, and a former Australian rules football player. He was also a veteran Australian rules football commentator known for his habit of making up quirky nicknames for players. He has also been known around the world for fishing and wildlife programs on the Seven Network and overseas stations. He was a former police officer who reached the senior rank of Sergeant in Victoria Police at age 30. He also previously owned a restaurant, the D'lish Fish located in Port Melbourne.
Robert Walls is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Carlton and Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. In a playing career that spanned three decades Robert played a combined 259 games and kicked a total of 444 goals. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he continued to coach in the VFL/AFL for a total of 347 games across four different clubs. As a coach, his greatest achievement came in 1987 when he coached Carlton to the 1987 VFL premiership, the same club he won premierships with as player in 1968, 1970 and 1972. After his coaching career ended, Walls became involved in the AFL media as a commentator and columnist. Walls was also a grade 4 teacher at Park Orchards Primary School at the time that he was a coach.
Matthew Richardson is a former professional Australian rules footballer and current media personality who represented Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL).
James Antony Brayshaw is an Australian media personality working in television for the Seven Network and radio for Triple M and a retired cricketer. For Seven Sport he hosts and calls Test cricket during summer and Australian Football League on Friday nights during winter.
Jason Hadfield Dunstall is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Michael Christian is a former Australian rules footballer and media personality from Busselton, Western Australia who played for East Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and Collingwood in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).
Dennis John Cometti is an Australian sports commentator and a former player and coach of Australian rules football. In a career spanning almost 40 years, his smooth voice, dry humour and quick wit became his trademark. He remains the only television broadcaster to have spanned the entire duration of the AFL national competition, serving the Seven Network, Nine Network and Broadcom. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.
Gerard Healy is a former Australian rules footballer and commentator. Healy attended St Bede's College in Mentone, where he was the senior football captain. Gerard is a trained physiotherapist.
Nathan Gordon Brown is a radio and television football commentator and a former Australian rules footballer for Richmond and the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. He played a total of 219 senior AFL matches and kicked 349 goals. His playing career ended after Richmond told him at the end of 2009 that he would no longer be required as a player.
Timothy Lane is a veteran Australian sports broadcaster and journalist with the Seven Network and Fairfax. He currently calls Australian rules football (AFL) matches for 3AW radio on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and writes for The Age newspaper. Additionally, beginning in 2018 he is a lead commentator for the Seven Sport test cricket coverage. Between 2003 and 2011 he was also an AFL commentator for Network Ten.
Shane Dwayne John Russell is a former professional Australian rules footballer and currently a commentator of the sport.
The Queen's Birthday match is an annual Australian rules football match between the Melbourne Football Club and Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Victoria.
Hamish Angus McLachlan is an Australian sports broadcaster and host with Seven Sport.
The 2014 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 27 September 2014. It was the 118th annual Grand Final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2014 AFL season. The match, attended by 99,460 spectators, was won by Hawthorn by a margin of 63 points, marking the club's second consecutive premiership and twelfth VFL/AFL premiership victory overall. Hawthorn's Luke Hodge was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground.
Toby Nankervis is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played 12 matches for the Sydney Swans from 2014 to 2016 after being drafted by the club with the 35th pick in the 2013 AFL national draft. Nankervis is a three-time premiership player with Richmond, winning in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
The 2016 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football match contested between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 1 October 2016. It was the 120th annual Grand Final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers of the 2016 AFL season. The match, attended by 99,981 spectators, was won by the Bulldogs by a margin of 22 points, marking the club's second VFL/AFL premiership victory and first since 1954. It was the first time in VFL/AFL history that a team won the premiership from seventh place on the ladder. Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground.
The 2017 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Adelaide Football Club and the Richmond Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 30 September 2017. It was the 121st annual grand final of the Australian Football League staged to determine the premiers for the 2017 AFL season. The match, attended by 100,021 spectators, was won by Richmond by a margin of 48 points, marking the club's eleventh VFL/AFL premiership and first since 1980. Richmond's Dustin Martin was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground.
Joanna Lin is an Australian rules footballer for the Collingwood Football Club's AFL Women's (AFLW) team. Lin played her first AFLW match on 6 February 2021 against Geelong, coming on as an interchange player. Lin kicked her first AFLW goal on 14 February 2021 in a match against the Richmond AFLW team.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brian Taylor .|